Pharma reps 'bribed doctors with sex acts'
Chinese police have released new details of GlaxoSmithKline's alleged crimes in China, claiming that sales reps were given "clear directives" to bribe doctors.
GSK sales representatives "established good personal relations with doctors by catering to their pleasures or offering them money, in order to make them prescribe more drugs", China's official news wire Xinhua reported yesterday.
Citing police investigations, Xinhua quoted a 35-year-old female "medical representative" who reportedly worked for a GSK regional sales manager named only as Mr Li.
The woman, named as Ms Wang, said "some executives gave clear directives to the sales department to offer bribes to doctors". Ms Wang said she would even go so far as fulfilling some doctors' "sexual desires" in order to persuade them to prescribe more drugs.
GSK chief executive Andrew Witty admitted this week that "senior figures" in his business may have been engaged in "inappropriate and illegal" behaviour.
He called the allegations "shameful".